Ahead of the November 26th, slated for the governorship election, there have been calls for postponement of the date by PDP because of its internal differences but with INEC not taking heed to their call, 17 other parties has filed in for postponement of the Saturday’s election.
They alleged that the level of insecurity in the state had risen to what they described as an unbearable level, thereby forcing their candidates to stop campaigning across the state.
The Punch reports that they threatened that if the commission refused to postpone the election, they would take further steps in the shortest time.
The National Chairman of Labour Party, Alhaji Abdul Kadri Abdusalam,
read a speech on behalf of other parties at a press conference in
In the speech titled,“The urgent need for postponing the Ondo State
governorship election date to avoid inevitable crises,” Abdulsalam
stated that Nigeria could not afford to have Ondo State engulfed in
“avoidable political crises orchestrated by a few individuals”.
Abdulasalam said:“Another critical concern is the growing level of
violence and insecurity in the Ondo political environment prior to the
governorship election on Saturday.
“In recognition of this ugly fact, we also take this opportunity to
call on the relevant security agencies (the Police, DSS, NSCDC), to
immediately put pressure on INEC to postpone the election date to a
possible date after the court processes have been completed, but
within the constitutional provisions, to guarantee a peaceful and
healthy political environment for the election.
“In the Edo State governorship election, which held a few months ago,
INEC upheld the candidacy of the Senator Ahmed Markarfi-led PDP as the
authentic group to present a candidate for the party; now in the Ondo
State governorship election slated for Saturday, the same electoral
umpire is upholding the governorship candidacy of the Senator
Sheriff-led faction of the party under the guise of obeying a court
“This quagmire must be resolved by the court even if this drags on to
the Supreme Court before any meaningful election can take place in
“If INEC is blatantly intimidated into abdicating its basic function
of monitoring and certifying the validity of party primary elections
for the selection of candidates, and instead acquiesce by allowing
the court to arbitrarily pick candidates without INEC-monitored
primaries then our democracy is becoming gravely injured, needing
urgent ambulatory care and political surgery.”
Shortly after the press conference, the spokesperson for the
Makarfi-led PDP, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, asked INEC to shift the election
by three weeks.